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Peshraft Foundation for Human Rights

Karachi, Pakistan
Joined October 2017

Peshraft is women collective, aimed to promote human rights for women in the context of their economic, social and cultural empowerment through ever-evolving strategies and activities.

Presence in: Pakistan
Focus: Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Family, Gender-based violence, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

Peshraft (an Urdu word that means progress) is a unique initiative to focus and monitor the Pakistan’s progress upon the globally recognized Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) with special reference to girls, women & gender in the country in accordance with the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The organisation, started in January 2014, is women collective, aimed to promote human rights for women in the context of their economic, social and cultural empowerment through ever-evolving strategies and activities in both conceptual and practical realms by giving them support in attaining their financial independence with a special focus on the right to health.

Peshraft will have a national focus in the initial phase however, as support is gathered over the time, it plans to expand the sphere of its activities regionally and globally. From its base in Pakistan, the organisation works to promote the rights of women to water, food, shelter, health, education and work for addressing women’s poverty, by bringing a gender perspective to policy, laws and practice at the local, national, regional and international levels.

Peshraft will work towards attainment of the democratic rights for girls, women and communities at large, for it strongly believes that democracy as representation of the collective will of people and it cannot simply be functional by merely pushing a button, rather it is a process which the people initiate by conscious decisions and sustain it by subscribing to its principles in theory and practice.

While democracy is sustained through constitutional and bureaucratic means, it requires an auxiliary socio-cultural climate to flourish. The society must be constitutive of participatory governance, political pluralism, gender equality and an inclusive education system to grasp concepts such as liberty, equality, justice, law, the rights and responsibilities of the state and its people.

 

People Associated With This Organization

Moniza Inam

Pakistan  
Peshraft Foundation for Human Rights
Joined October 2017
Interests: Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender-based violence, Health, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I have been involved in the human rights activism and work since my university days i.e. early ’80s I worked as a political student activist for the restoration of democracy from the dictatorial regime, after which I worked as a professional journalist, women rights activist and human rights defender. I was among the founding members of Women Action Forum (WAF), a feminist – non-partisan, non-hierarchical and non-funded – network, dedicated towards pursuing gender equality in one of the most patriarchal countries in the world. As a human rights defender and active civil society member, I am currently working to promote the pro-women legislation as well as propagating for the early child marriage bill and recently passed Hindu Marriage Bill and Minority Rights Commission Bill in Pakistan. I’m also a part of the civil society coalitions on writing Alternate Reports for submission in the UN and am working as a coordinator for the shadow report submitted to the CESCR in June 2017.
Moniza Inam is the network champion (main point of contact) for Peshraft Foundation for Human Rights.

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